With an expression of pure delight etched all over his face, Puchkarevskiy crossed the finish tape ten seconds ahead of Latvia’s Pavels Svecovs. Silver medallist Svecovs had earlier won the fence with 26 victories on the pistes and had come fourth in the pool with a time of 2:03:40.
Great Britain’s Samuel Curry took bronze after placing fourth in the fence and taking maximum 1200 points in the ride.
The front three were miles ahead of the rest of the Men. The fastest man around the track was France’s Valentin Beloud, the World Cup #3 Chengdu bronze medallist, who recorded a blistering time of 10:52:04 to finish fourth overall. Beloud was quickly followed by his compatriot Alexandre Henrard in fifth whilst Ukraine’s Vladislav Mishchenko made up the top six.
Ilia Shugarov, who had shared top position after the fence with eventual winner Puchkarevskiy, was 20th overall with the day’s best rider, Fabian Leibig from Germany, finishing just one place above him.